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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Just some TV rating thoughts

Ratings on Cable news are out for 1st quarter of the year. The big news is that FOX is losing viewers at an astounding rate, and to lose 30% of your prime time viewers has probably got some people in "hair on fire" mode at the network. I think it's really a simple answer to why:

FOX tied itself to Bush so tightly that when he is doing poorly, they will do poorly. Yes, they are still #1, and by a large margin, but unless they can figure out a way to forge their own identity rather than "right wing talk radio on TV", they will suffer the same problem that talk radio has had over the last few years: Aging demographics, eroding listeners and an inability to do anything to bring in new people. Looking at the news ratings, I also think that if someone came in like CNN did in the early 80's and just did straight news, they would pick up a pretty big chunk of viewers, especially with Headline news turning into another talk radio on TV station at night.

Oddly enough, that's what Al Jazeera has planned.

Could get very weird in TV news very soon.


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